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Specialized Team Called to Help Control Wildfires


The wildfires in the Alleghany highlands have now received the attention of national leadership. The Blue Team Incident Management Team is now on the ground.

The specialized team will manage the attack on five of seven fires that are currently underway in the George Washington/Jefferson National Forest stretching from the Alleghany Highlands through the Shenandoah Valley.

Special teams of firefighters from all over the country, that are coming to help, will follow the team in.

Virginia Department of Forestry personnel fire are also joining the fight while preparing to deal with their own issues, which may be around the corner because of the weather.

"Should we not get any rain this evening; no rain forecasted for the weekend; winds up again on Friday. We anticipate these fires to be pretty challenging to get control of, contain and put out,"  said Denny McCarthy with the Virginia Department of Forestry.

So far very little of any of the large fires have been contained.

So far, more than 6,000 acres have been affected including the Rich Hole Wilderness Area in Alleghany, Rockbridge and Bath Counties which started late Monday night.

Officials believe, by the time this spate of National Forest fires are over, more than 25,000 acres could be destroyed.

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